We bring together talent and expertise from across the University of Minnesota to use stem cell biology to advance regenerative medicine therapies for devastating disorders and to provide education and training for the stem cell scientists of tomorrow.
Our Education Programs
The bioscience and medical industries and academic research programs need intelligent, engaged, well-trained talent to fill jobs in the rapidly expanding field of regenerative medicine. The Stem Cell Institute prepares students who are ready to meet this need and who are eager to move the next generation of research forward. Learn more about our graduate programs:
In the News
When scientists can determine what type of cell a stem cell will become, they can better manipulate cells for stem cell therapy. Scientists at Rutgers and other universities have created a new way to identify the state and fate of stem cells earlier than previously possible. The approach, called EDICTS (Epi-mark Descriptor Imaging of Cell Transitional States), involves labeling epigenetic modifications and then imaging the cells with super resolution to see the precise location of the marks.
The regenerative biology team at the Morgridge Institute for Research, led by stem cell pioneer and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor James Thomson, is studying whether stem cell differentiation rates can be accelerated in the lab and made available to patients faster. While the study published in the February issue ofScience Direct suggests that cellular timing is a stubborn process, the Thomson lab is exploring a variety of follow-up studies on potential factors that could help cells alter their pace, Barry says.
The research team of Dr. Scott Kaufmann, leader of Mayo’s Anticancer Drug Action Laboratory, and Daniel Harki, a U of M assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, Stem Cell Institute member, and director of the Harki Lab, in January saw their patent application for a method of “assessing enzyme-nucleic acid complexes” published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with Mayo and the U of M named as the assignees.
Dr. Mehmet Oz investigates and uncovers the dangers of unregulated stem cell clinics, citing absence of scientific support for treatment. Dr. Oz features a series of segments on his daytime television program that expose the scams that take advantage of the most vulnerable.
Weekly Research Conference
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 4:00pm
Translational control of skeletal muscle stem cells
Colin Crist, PhD
Department of Human Genetics
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Cell-based therapies for Parkinson's Disease
Marina Emborg, Md/PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Physics
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
Spring Break - No Research Conference
Research Conferences will resume on Wednesday, March 22, 2017